Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher 36 months and Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher 12 months

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.

Two postdoctoral positions are now available in the Centre for Ocean Energy Research in Maynooth University’s Electronic Engineering Department on a strategic U.S.-Ireland R&D Partnership: Control Co-Design of Heterogeneous Arrays of Wave Energy Converters.

Funded by Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation (US), the focus of the roles will be on the development of numerical optimisation-based control strategies for the linear and nonlinear models of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) arrays. The overall approach will rely on suitably adapting and extending existing frameworks based on direct transcription and other techniques such as networked model predictive control to the setting of multi-objective optimal control for WEC arrays.

The posts present significant opportunities for career development, in relation to sourcing of independent research funding, research management and supervision, and mentoring in these aspects will be provided.

The project exists within a wider COER group of 16 researchers and has international academic collaborators, including Iowa State University and Queens University Belfast.

Principal Duties

The ideal candidate will have:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A PhD in engineering, mathematics or closely related discipline

. At least 2 years’ postdoctoral experience

  • Some record of scholarly publication
  • Familiarity with the MATLAB/Simulink software suite
  • Excellent analytic and programming skills

Highly desirable:

  • Some experience in wave energy systems
  • Experience in developing numerical methods for optimal control
  • Experience in the design and analysis of networked control systems
  • Experience with numerical optimisation algorithms and model-predictive control
  • Experience in multi-objective optimisation

Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER)

COER is an active international research centre involved in fundamental and applied research.  It is funded by a range of external sources including industry, national agencies (Such as Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland etc.) and international agencies including the European Union H2020 research programmes.  COER has a wide range of national and international collaborators and a staff complement consisting of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, research students and interns, all of which have a strong international dimension.  There are also frequent international visitors to the centre.  Further information is available here.

The University

Maynooth University is one of the four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland and in 2019 was placed in the global top 50 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, but tracing its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, Maynooth University draws on a heritage of over 200 years’ commitment to education and scholarship. It is located in the University town of Maynooth, 25km from the centre of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city.

The University is a modern institution – dynamic, research-led, engaged, and grounded in the traditions of liberal education. With more than 12,000 students, Maynooth is Ireland’s fastest-growing university, yet we retain a collegial campus culture that is central to our ability to bring significant interdisciplinary expertise to bear in tackling some of the most fundamental challenges facing society today. MU has a distinctive disciplinary profile compared to other universities in Ireland, with research and teaching strengths in humanities and social sciences, science, electronic engineering, business, law and teacher education. The University has major research institutes and centres in the areas of: humanities;, social sciences; mathematics, computation and communication; human health; business and service innovation; climate change; and Geocomputation.

The University has, under the University Strategic Plan 2012-17, further enhanced its capacity and reputation for research, transformed its undergraduate curriculum, grown postgraduate enrolments and become even more international, diverse and engaged. MU makes, and is seen to make, an important and distinctive contribution to our national system of higher education.

Maynooth University is now embarking upon a new and exciting phase with the development of the University Strategic Plan 2018-22, with a vision to consolidate the international reputation of Maynooth University “as a university known for outstanding teaching, excellent research, a global outlook, effective engagement with the society we serve, and our distinctive approach to the challenges facing modern higher education.”

The University Strategic Plan 2018-22 builds on the institution’s strengths and accomplishments, concentrating energy and resources on further development in research and postgraduate education. The strategy focuses on:

  • targeted investment in research capacity in a number of priority areas;
  • extending the postgraduate portfolio and growing the postgraduate community;
  • realising the full benefits of our innovative undergraduate curriculum;
  • enhancing the student experience;
  • comprehensive and ethical internationalisation;
  • equality diversity inclusion and interculturalism as enablers of academic excellence

These strategic goals are underpinned by a commitment to invest, first and foremost in people and opportunities for their development and success, and also in the systems and infrastructure required to achieve scholarly and educational objectives.

Selection and Appointment

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview;
  • Appointments will be approved by the President based on the report of the selection board;
  • It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week of the 21st February 2021;
  • The appointment will commence on 1st May 2021.

Equality and Diversity

Maynooth University values the enrichment that comes from a diverse community and seeks to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of each individual. To learn more about our commitment to Equality and Diversity, please read the Maynooth University Equality and Diversity Policy. Additionally, as an Athena SWAN Bronze Award Institute, we are committed to advancing gender equality across the University.

We aim to reflect the diversity of the community we serve and welcome applications from all individuals.

Data Protection Law

Maynooth University will process any personal data provided by you in connection with an application for this role in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Acts 2018.

If your application is successful and you accept an offer of employment at Maynooth University, then your personal data will continue to be processed in accordance with Maynooth University’s Staff Data Privacy Notice.

Both the privacy notices and further information relating to data protection, including Maynooth University’s other data protection policies and processes, can be viewed here.


Senior Postdoctoral Researcher:                                                €45,942 per annum

Appointment will be made in accordance with the Department of Finance pay guidelines.

*New entrants to the public sector will be appointed on the first point of the Postdoctoral Researcher pay scale.

Closing Date

23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, 14th February 2021.

Please note all applications must be made via our Online Recruitment Portal

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system.

Late applications will not be accepted. 

Informal enquiries may be made by email to


The Center for Ocean Energy Research (COER) at Maynooth University